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post #41 of 45 Old 10-07-2013, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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And i'm 16. We have enough hay right now to last a year in a half. Plenty of time before I have to worry. My parents said that if something comes up they will help me pay for some things. As long as I help pay for it or pay them back when I can. Finacial isn't that big of a deal. Just because I do not want to waste my money that I can be spending on my horses to make sure they are ok on lessons.. I need them. But I do not need them that bad that I need to spend everything I have on it. I am more of a trail person. So no. I do not want lessons to learn how to sit faster. I will use the internet the best I can.
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post #42 of 45 Old 10-07-2013, 01:41 PM
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Where in MN are you? You mentioned 4H - there should be a horse leader in your area that can help you out.
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post #43 of 45 Old 10-07-2013, 01:49 PM
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I think if your teaching yourself to ride,start back at learning the walk trot,forget about the loping. You are getting waaay too far ahead of yourself trying to train yourself & horse,you are only creating problems for you both. Your horse is already unhappy. You are ingraining bad riding habits for yourself.Lessons will be the wisest investment you can make right now for you & your horse,i'd really try find a way to make that happen even if it is just once a week.....As a more senior rider,trust me when I say, Learn the correct way when you are still young!!it gets difficult to overcome your bad riding habits as you get older
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post #44 of 45 Old 10-07-2013, 02:41 PM
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I'm sorry you've hit a rough patch in life, but I can assure you that your not the only one with a less then rainbows and butterflies life. I work two jobs and good to nursing school full time. My mother is a single parent working 12-15 hour days 5 days a week. She has also been an alcoholic at least 15 years, that's 2/3 of my life. Did I mention she resents my existence?

When I was your age I rode my bike to the barn and worked hard for my lessons. My mother would have NEVER entertained the idea of a horse much less paid for my lessons.

Be grateful for what you have.

Coaching off the internet can be helpful, but its going to no nothing compaired to someone who knows what they are doing giving you live feedback for your individual situation.
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post #45 of 45 Old 10-07-2013, 02:43 PM
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Look, I watched the video and you own a horse but don't know how to ride bc you haven't bothered to either take lessons or read any books about riding. You don't own/wear a helmet, which is foolish. I didn't give you ANY advice about engaging the hind quarters of your horse, which I am sure means nothing to you, yet you tell us that you ride a horse that you cannot control at the canter, but ride bridle-less at the walk and trot?!?!? I have NEVER ridden ANY of MY horses bridleless and bareback, and I had several VERY safe horses that I trained and owned for over 20 years. Lynn Palm trained "Rugged Lark" and showed demos for 10 years bridle-less. You are NO Lynn Palm.
It sounds to me as if you THINK you know much more about horse training than you actually do, and are looking for everyone to admire your mare and admire you.
There are many people just like you that want the same applause. There are many people who frequent this forum who are geniunely concerned about the safety of people who are having problems with their horses, and you have already gotten some VERY GOOD advice.
Quit wearing your feelings on your sleeve. You don't respect authorities on the subject of horse training, or you may have mentioned your favorite trainer. You are looking for Free advice, which you have already been given. I am not being mean to suggest that YOU WILL get injured with this horse. With MY training, and the training of the others here who have given you good advice, this mare could turn out well.
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